Interfictions Zero: The Virtual Anthology of Interstitial Writing and Original Essays / Sept 10, 2010

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Interstitial Arts Foundation

Interfictions Zero: The Virtual Anthology of Interstitial Writing and Original Essays, to be edited by Delia Sherman and Helen Pilinovsky, will be published online by the Interstitial Arts Foundation in late 2010.

What Is Interstitial Writing?
Interstitial writing breaks rules, ignores boundaries, cross-pollinates the fields of literature, and helps them grow and develop. It's about working between, across, through, and at the edges and borders of literary genres. It occurs in the cracks between other movements, terms, and definitions. Interstitiality isn't a genre, but many interstitial pieces serve as the seeds of new genres and sub-genres.

What Is Interfictions Zero?
Interfictions Zero is an online virtual anthology. A Table of Contents will list seminal, previously published pieces of interstitial writing (hyperlinked where possible) alongside original essays reflecting on those focus pieces. The goal of Interfictions Zero is to begin to create a historical context for how interstitial writing affects the growth and development of various literary genres.

What Are We Looking For?
We're seeking original essays that examine seminal works of interstitial writing. The essays can be formal academic articles or more informal meditations on the text of your choosing.

What Should You Examine In Your Essay?
Our only requirements are that the text, work, or piece in question must have been published before 2009 and that it can be considered interstitial for the time in which it was written. Focus pieces can be from any style or form, including but not limited to poetry, non-fiction, plays, graphic novels and works of fiction (contemporary realism, classical literature, mystery, historical, speculative, western, or otherwise).

If your essay is accepted for Interfictions Zero, the title of your focus piece will be added to the Table of Contents for the "virtual anthology." Your essay will be published online as part of Interfictions Zero and linked to the Table of Contents. It will be featured on our blog and it will be archived in the Recommendations section of the IAF website.

Who Are We Looking For?
We're looking for writers and academics who have critical interpretations concerning works of interstitial writing that challenge genre tropes and expectations.

Practical Matters
Our submission period will close September 15. Electronic submissions only. Overseas submissions are welcome. Send your essays as Word or .rtf attachments to . You will hear from us after October 25, 2010.

Submissions should include the title of your focus piece (with link or bibliographical information) and a 750-2,500 word essay that examines why the focus piece is interstitial and discusses its relationship with the writer and/or the writer's body of work and/or other writing contemporary with the piece.

Please follow standard manuscript formatting and submission conventions: i.e., double-spaced, with 1" margins, and the title of the essay included in the header. No simultaneous or multiple submissions. Payment will be a $25 honorarium per essay for non-exclusive world anthology rights, payable upon publication.

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